Title: MAN WALKS INTO A ROOM: A NOVEL - Scarce ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Doubleday, 2002
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 250 pages. Published in 2002. The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most sensational literary debuts of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Nicole Krauss' "Man Walks Into Room". Her first, and in many ways, still her finest novel. As she explores the classic theme of memory work, what it means to remember, to forget, and then, as epiphany or grace, to recognize something buried deep within each of us. "Achieves a beguiling, dreamy tenderness as it tells the story of Samson Greene, a seemingly happy, well-adjusted English professor whose life is thrown wildly out of kilter by a brain tumor. It is discovered only after he suddenly leaves home and is found wandering in the Nevada desert. Once the tumor is removed, he can remember nothing beyond the age of 12 so that his adult existence, his friends, his professional life, and especially his wife, Anna, are a profound mystery to him. A somber tale full of dark symbolism that is surprisingly lighthearted, sharply observant, and often touching" (Publishers Weekly). "Strides into the forefront of American letters" (Susan Sontag). An absolute "must-have" title for Nicole Krauss collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Nicole Krauss. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online are either later printings or have serious flaws yet are priced as though they had collectible value. A scarce signed copy thus. Nicole Krauss was selected as one of the "20 Writers Under 40" of the decade by The New Yorker Magazine. One of the most brilliant new voices in American literature. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER NICOLE KRAUSS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0385503997. Bookseller Inventory # 17427
Synopsis: A man is found wandering the desert outside Las Vegas. The cards in his wallet identify him as Samson Greene, a Columbia University English professor last seen leaving campus eight days ago. Thirty-six years old, with a wife, Anna, and a dog, Frank. But Samson doesn?t even recognize his own name, and by the time Anna has made her away across the country to pick him up, doctors have discovered a cherry-sized tumor in his brain; its removal eradicates the last twenty-four years of Samson?s memories.
Samson and Anna return to New York together, where Samson struggles to connect with the woman he knows he is supposed to love, with his career, with his home, with his ?life.? He remembers his mother, his childhood in California, the basic shape and processes of the world, but everything else remains blank. In the meantime, Anna sees the same husband she has always seen, but every day has to steel herself against the notion that the man she loves is the Samson who remembers the last quarter century, the Samson who has been shaped by the history of their lives together.
Into these daily lives fraught with a peculiarly intimate tension comes a charismatic scientist who invites Samson to take part in a groundbreaking, experimental project involving the transfer of memories from one mind to another?all it requires is a trip back to the Nevada desert. It doesn?t take much to lure Samson away from his profound loneliness in the City?where he is stuck between missing the past life that surrounds him and yearning to enjoy the fresh start he?s been given?though Anna is never far from his thoughts as he embarks on the adventure that could mean the end of the old Samson Greene.
In Samson, Nicole Krauss creates an ordinary man who his facing a searingly new world with gritty poignancy and purely instinctual empathy. Reminiscent of early DeLillo, but with the emotional sensitivity of a budding Cheever, Krauss?s sharp, intelligent storytelling effortlessly peels away the layers of quotidian circumstances to reveal the subtle joys and woes of simple survival.
Review: Nicole Krauss's elegant, haunting debut, Man Walks into a Room, is a what-if novel. What if, asks Krauss, a man woke up one day and he'd forgotten everything he knows? Samson Greene is found lost in the desert near Las Vegas, memory-less thanks to a tumor "applying its arbitrary, pernicious pressure to his brain." Once the tumor is removed, he can remember his childhood up until his 12th year, but then all is blank. He returns to New York, to his wife Anna, to his life as a Columbia University English professor, but none of these things makes sense to him anymore: "Samson could dredge up no feeling for his own life but that of vague admiration." When he receives a call from a mysterious scientist inviting him back to the desert for a sinister-sounding memory experiment, Samson heads West with a kind of despondent fatalism. Krauss's novel moves gracefully from exploration of a lost soul to science fiction to a meditation on memory. If the book unravels a bit at the end, it's only because Krauss is trying to do too much--certainly no literary sin. --Claire Dederer
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